Movies for Identity Hunters

La Haine (1995) ‘C’

Le Haine

 

Description: 24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz

Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui

 

 

 Children of Men (2006) ‘C’

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Description: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somewhat infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Writers: Alfonso Cuaron

Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

 

 

 

The Other Side of Hope (2017) ‘C’

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Director: Aki Kaurismaki

Writer: Aki Kaurismaki

Stars: Kati Outinen, Ville Virtanen, Sakari Kuosmanen

 

 

 

The Battle of Algiers (1966) ‘C’

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Description: In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French Government

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

Writers: Franco Solinas

Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi

 

 

The Winds of the Aures  (1967) ‘N’

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Description: The story of an Algerian woman in search of her imprisoned sons during the Algerian war of independence.

Director: Mohammad Lakhdar-Hamina

Writers: Tewfik Fares, Mohammad Lakhdar-Hamina

Stars: Keltoum, Mohamed Chouikh, Hassan Hassani

 

Braveheart (1995) ‘N’

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Description: When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson

Writer: Randall Wallace

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

 

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ‘N’

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Description: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson

Writers: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

 

The Ottoman Republic (2008) ‘N’

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Description:  A Turkish political comedy built upon the question, “What would have happened if Mustafa Kemal Atatürk never existed?”

Director: Gani Mujde

Writers: Gani Mujde

Stars: Ata Demirer, Vildan Atasever

 

Days of Glory (2006) ‘C’

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Description: During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Writers: Rachid Boucharev

Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem

 

The Founding of a Republic (2009) ‘N’

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Description: Inspired by ‘true’ events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Director: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang

Writers: Baoguang Chen, Xingdong Wan

Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang

 

Nehru: The Jewel of India (1990) ‘N’

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Description: The story of Jawaharlal Nehru- the first Prime Minister of India

Director: Kiran Kumar

Stars: Anupam Kher, Girish Karnad

 

 

 

American History X (1998) ‘C’

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Description: A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye

Writer: David McKenna

Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

 

 

Battleship Potemkin (1925) ‘N’

 

 potemkinDescription: In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel’s officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei Eisenstein

Writers: Nina Agadzhanova

Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy

 

Ivan The Terrible (1944) ‘N’

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Description: During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

Director: Sergei Eisenstein

Writers: Sergei Eisenstein

Stars: Nikolay Chersakov, Serafima Birman

The Wave (2008) ‘C’ 

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Description: A high school teacher’s experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel

Writers: Ron Jones

Stars: Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt

 

Amarcord (1973) ‘C’

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Description: A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini

Writers: Federico Fellini

Stars: Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin

 

 

The Patriot (2000) ‘N’

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Description: Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writer: Robert Rodat

Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

 

 

Reis (2017) ‘N’

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Description: A drama about the early life of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, focusing on his childhood in Istanbul, his political career as the mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998, and his short imprisonment in 1999.

Director: Hudaverdi Yavuz

Writers: Murat Ozdil

Stars: Orhan Aydin, Ozlem Balci

Sometimes in April (2005) ‘C’

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Description: Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

Director: Raoul Peck

Writers: Raoul Peck

Stars: Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero, Idris Elba

 

 

Chronicle of the Years of Fire (1975) ‘N’

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Description: The beginnings of the Algerian Revolution as seen through the eyes of a peasant.

Director: Mohammed Lakhdar Hamina

Writer: Rachid Boudjera

Stars: Yorgo Voyagis, Mohammed Lakhdar Hamina

 

 

Triumph of the Will (1935) ‘N’

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Description: The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl

Writers: Leni Riefenstahl

 

 

 

Veda (2010) ‘N’

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Description: Story based on the memoirs of Salih Bozok, which traces the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Director: Zulfu Livaneli

Writers: Zulfu Livaneli

Stars: Serhat Mustafa Kilic, Dolunay Soysert

 

 

The Youth of Peter The Great (1980) ‘N’

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Description: Part one of a pair of historical films about the life of Peter the Great.

Director: Sergey Gerasimov

Writers: Sergey Gerasimov

Stars: Dmitriy Zolotukhin, Tamara Makarova

 

 

Handsworth Songs (1987) ‘C’

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Description:  In October 1985 Britain witnessed a spate of civil disturbances in the Birmingham district of Handsworth and in urban centres of London.

Director: John Akomfrah

Stars: Pervaiz Khan, Meera Syal

 

The Russian Ark (2002) ‘N’

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Description: A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sakurov

Writers: Boris Khaimsky

Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova

 

Olympia: Festival Of The Nation (1938) ‘N’

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Description: The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl

Writer: Leni Riefenstahl

 

 

 

Alexander Nevsky (1938) ‘N’

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Description: The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Director: Sergei Eisenstein

Writers: Sergei Eisenstein

Stars: Nikolay Chersakov, Nikolai Okhlophkov

 

The Battle of Kosovo (1989) ‘N’

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Description: On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad.

Director: Zdravko Sotra

Writer: Ljubomir Simovic

Stars: Milos Zutic, Gorica Popovic

 

Before The Rain (1994) ‘C’

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Description: In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.

Director: Milcho Manchevski

Writer: Milcho Manchevski

Stars: Katrin Cartlidge, Rade Serbedzija

 

Dirty Pretty Things (2002) ‘N’

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Description: An illegal Nigerian immigrant discovers the unpalatable side of London life.

Director: Stephen Frears

Writers: Steven Knight

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Audrey Tatou

 

The Death of Yugoslavia (1995) ‘C’

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Description: This captivate documentary covers the struggles of the Yugoslavian people during the collapse of their country, and the subsequent wars to finally find hope with the signing of the Final Peace Accords.

 

 

The Night of Truth (2004) ‘C’

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Description: La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by ‘Le président’, and the Bonande rebels …

Director: Fanta Regina Nacro

Writers: Marc Gautron, Fanta Regina Nacro

Stars: Moussa Cisse, Georgette Pare

Skin (2008) ‘C’

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Description: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Director: Anthony Fabian

Writers: Helen Crawley

Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill

 

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